Dr. Daniel Nessim

Senior Lecturer
Dr. Daniel Nessim


Faculty member at the Chemistry department at Bar Ilan University (Israel),
Institute for Nanotechnology Advanced Materials (since October 2010)


Post-doc     MIT / Bar Ilan University (Institute for Nanotechnology and Advanced materials)                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                                           Cambridge, MA and Ramat Gan, Israel

                    Collaborative post-doc with Professors C.V. Thompson (MIT) and D. Aurbach (BIU)
                    Visiting scientist in the electrochemistry group of Professor Doron Aurbach (summer 2009)
                    Focus on integrating carbon nanotubes into batteries and supercapacitors (MITEI grant)


Ph.D           Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)                                  Cambridge, MA

               PhD, Materials Science & Engineering (electronic, photonic, and magnetic materials), 2009
               Advisor: Professor Carl V. Thompson
               Thesis: carbon nanotube (CNT) synthesis for integrated circuit interconnects                                 
GPA 4.9/5.0;       Intel Fellowship (2006-2008)
               Supervised nine graduate students (MIT and international) and three MIT undergraduate students
               Research involved multiple collaborations and led to the development of new insights on:

  •  Growth of crystalline, vertically-aligned CNTs on conductive substrates below 500ºC
  •  Role of gas preheating to lower CNT growth temperature
  •  Control of CNT diameter and density via hydrogen-timed coarsening of catalyst layer
  •  Role of underlayer grains in catalyst film dewetting and CNT growth
  •  Electrical properties of multi-wall carbon nanotubes


MBA           INSEAD                                                                                                 Fontainebleau, France

               Master of Business Administration, 1994; Giovanni Agnelli scholarship


Pre-Ph.D    Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI)                                     Paris, France

Opto-electronic Engineering (D.E.A. – Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies), 1990-91,
with distinction


M.Sc           Ecole Centrale Paris                                                                            Paris, France

               Master’s of Science, 1989-91, with distinction; Erasmus (European Community) scholarship
               First Italian to earn MSEE from Italy and France within the T.I.M.E. program (Top Industrial Managers for Europe)


M.Sc           Politecnico di Milano                                                                           Milan, Italy

               Master’s of Science in Electrical Engineering, 1984-89, thesis passed in 1993,
               summa cum laude (top 0.5%)




First author(s) is (are) underlined and corresponding author is bold*

[journal impact factor] in brackets



1. J. Barzola-Quiquia, M. Lindel, M. Muallem, G. D. Nessim, and P. Esquinazi*
Superconductivity and magnetic order observed in bundles of Double-Wall Carbon Nanotubes
Carbon [6.2] Vol. 88, P. 15-25, July 2015

2. S. Verma, S. Kumar, E. Shawat, G.D. Nessim, and S.L. Jain*
Carbon nanofibers decorated with oxo-rhenium complexes as efficient heterogeneous catalyst for oxidation of amines
Journal of Molecular Catalysis A: Chemical [3.7], Vol. 402, P. 46-53, June 2015

3. S. Kumar, S. Verma, E. Shawat, G.D. Nessim, and S.L. Jain*
Amino-functionalized carbon nanofibres as an efficient metal free catalyst for the synthesis of quinazoline-2,4(1H,3H)-diones from CO2 and 2-aminobenzonitriles
RSC Advances [3.7] Vol. 5, P. 24670-24674, March 2015

4. M. Muallem, A. Palatnik, G.D. Nessim, and Y.R. Tischler*
Room temperature fabrication of dielectric Bragg reflectors composed of a CaF2/ZnS multilayered coating 
ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces [6.7], P.474–481, 7 (1), January 2015



5. P. Subramanian, A. Cohen, E. Teblum, G.D. Nessim, and A. Schechter*
Electro-catalytic activity of nitrogen plasma treated vertically aligned carbon nanotube carpets towards oxygen reduction reaction
Electrochemistry Communications [4.3], P. 42–46, Vol. 49, December 2014  

6. M. Somekh, E. Shawat, and G.D. Nessim*
Fully reproducible, low-temperature synthesis of high-quality, few-layer graphene on nickel via preheating of gas precursors using atmospheric pressure chemical vapor deposition
Journal of Materials Chemistry A [7.4], P.19750-19758, Issue 36, December 2014

7. Y. Miroshnikov, G. Grinbom, G. Gershinsky, G.D. Nessim, and D. Zitoun*
Do we Need Covalent Bonding of Si nanoparticles on Graphene Oxide for Li-ion Batteries?
Faraday Discussions [3.8], Vol.173, 2014

8. E. Shawat, I. Perelshtein, A. Westover, C.L. Pint, and G.D. Nessim*
Ultra high-yield synthesis of self-assembled, conductive, and superhydrophobic three-dimensional mats of carbon nanofibers via full catalysis of unconstrained thin film
Journal of Materials Chemistry A [7.4]15118–15123, Issue 36, September 2014

9. E. Teblum, M. Noked, A. Kerman, M. Muallem, Y.R. Tischler, D. Aurbach, and G.D. Nessim*
Millimeter-Tall Carpets of Vertically Aligned Crystalline Carbon Nanotubes Synthesized on Copper Substrates for Electrical Applications
Journal of Physical Chemistry C [4.8], P. 19345–19355, Vol. 118/33, August 2014

10. E. Shawat, Mor V., Y. Fleger, L. Oakes, C.L. Pint, and G.D. Nessim*
What is below the support layer affects carbon nanotube growth: an iron catalyst reservoir yields taller nanotube carpets
Nanoscale [7.4], P. 1545-1551, Vol. 6, Jan. 2014

11.O. Mero, E. Shawat, G.D. Nessim, J. Grinblat, and S. Margel*
Air-stable nanogranular Fe thin films formed by chemical vapor deposition of triiron dodecacarbonyl as catalysts for carbon nanotube growth
Thin Solid Films [1.6], P. 7684, Vol. 550, Jan. 2014



12. A. Röthlisberger, M. Seita, A. Reiser, E. Shawat, R. Spolenak, and G.D. Nessim*
Investigating the Mechanism of Bidirectional Growth of Carbon Nanofiber Carpets on Metallic Substrates
Carbon [6.2], P. 498–507, Vol. 63, Nov. 2013

13. R. Shapira, G.D. Nessim, T. Zimrin, and D. Aurbach*
Towards promising electrochemical technology for load leveling applications: extending cycle life of lead acid batteries by the use of carbon nano-tubes (CNTs)
Energy & Environmental Science [20.5], P. 587-594, Vol. 6/2, Feb. 2013



14. E. Teblum, Y. Gofer, C.L. Pint, and G.D. Nessim*
The role of catalyst oxidation state in the synthesis of tall carpets of vertically aligned carbon nanotubes
Journal of Physical Chemistry C [4.8], P. 24522-24528, Vol. 116/46, Nov. 2012

15. G.D. Nessim*, A. Al-Obeidi, H. Grisaru, E.S. Polsen,
C.R. Oliver, T. Zimrin, A.J. Hart, D. Aurbach, and C.V. Thompson
Synthesis of tall carpets of vertically aligned carbon nanotubes by in situ generation of water vapor through preheating
of added oxygen
Carbon [6.2], P. 4002–4009, Vol. 50, April 2012

16. G. Gershinsky, H. Ortal, G. Salitra, J. Grinblat, E. Levi, G.D. Nessim, E. Zinigrad, and D. Aurbach*
Ultra fast elemental synthesis of high yield copper Chevrel phase with high electrochemical performance
Journal of Solid State Chemistry [2.0], P. 50-58, Vol. 188, April 2012



17. G.D. Nessim*, M. Seita, D.L. Plata, K.P. O’Brien, A.J. Hart, C.M. Reddy, P.M. Gschwend, and C.V. Thompson
Precursor gas chemistry determines the crystallinity of carbon nanotubes synthesized at low temperature
Carbon [6.2], P. 804-810, Vol. 49/3, March 2011

18. N.D.R. Leifer, M. Noked, G.D. Nessim, and D. Aurbach*
Straightforward Method for the Characterization of Carbon Nanotube Suspensions
Carbon [6.2], P. 1042-1047, Vol. 49/3, March 2011



19. G.D. Nessim*, M. Seita, K.P. O’Brien, S.A. Speakman
Dual formation of carpets of large carbon nanofibers and thin crystalline carbon nanotubes from the same catalyst-underlayer system
Carbon [6.2], P.4519-4526, Vol. 48/15, Dec. 2010

20. G.D. Nessim*
Carbon nanotube synthesis with special focus on thermal chemical vapor deposition
Nanoscale [7.4], Invited review paper, P.1306-23, Vol. 2/8, March 2010

21. G.D. Nessim, D. Acquaviva, M. Seita, K.P. O’Brien, and C.V. Thompson*
The Critical Role of the Underlayer Material and Thickness in Growing Vertically Aligned Carbon Nanotubes and Nanofibers on Metallic Substrates by Chemical Vapor Deposition
Advanced Functional Materials [10.4], P.1306-1312, Vol. 20, April 2010




22. G.D. Nessim, M. Seita, K.P. O’Brien, A.J. Hart, R.K. Bonaparte, R.R. Mitchell, and C.V. Thompson*
Low Temperature Synthesis of Vertically Aligned Carbon Nanotubes with Ohmic Contact to Metallic Substrates Enabled by Thermal Decomposition of the Carbon Feedstock
Nano Letters [13.5], P.3398-3405, Vol. 9/10, Oct. 2009

23. G.D. Nessim, A.J. Hart, J.S. Kim, D. Acquaviva, J. Oh, C.D. Morgan, M. Seita, J.S. Leib, and C.V. Thompson*
Tuning of vertically-aligned carbon nanotube diameter and areal density through catalyst pre-treatment
Nano Letters [13.5], P. 3587–3593, Vol. 8/11, Nov. 2008




  1. G.D. Nessim, M. Seita
    The role of cobalt in carbon nanotubes synthesis, communication for the edited and peer-reviewed collection: “Cobalt: Characteristics, Compounds, and Applications”, Editor: Lucas J. Vidmar, P. 203-213, NOVA publishers, September 2011
  2. G.D. Nessim
    Carbon Nanotubes for chip interconnection, peer-reviewed article for the 2012 edition of the Encyclopedia of Nanotechnology, Editor: Bharat Bhushnan, Springer, August 2012
  3. G.D. Nessim , C. Pint, A.J. Hart – book (invited)

(invited by Springer after viewing Nanoscale review; content proposal submitted by G.D. Nessim was peer-reviewed and accepted in September 2010; C. Pint and A.J. Hart were added in March 2011)
Carbon nanotube synthesis and growth mechanisms: from the Lab to the Manufacturing Plant, Springer, (currently on hold)




Kinetics of Materials 1 (diffusion): 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 

Kinetics of Materials 2 (phase transformations): 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

Invention: 2014

Seminarion (materials); 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015



The Nessim Lab:

Laboratory for the synthesis of innovative nanostructures        


Carbon nanostructured materials such as carbon nanotubes, carbon nanofibers, and graphene are prime candidates of new battery and supercapacitor elements that can massively improve battery efficiency for energy conversion and storage. Such devices have the potential to provide extremely high surface per unit volume of catalytically active sites, making a three to fivefold improvement in energy density possible.

Despite attempts to combine carbon nanostructures with active electrode materials, the mechanisms of carbon nanostructure growth are still not fully explained, and critical issues remain: 1) energy density is far below the theoretical level, 2) cyclability is limited, and 3) most synthesis techniques work in the lab but are impractical for industrial production.

The goal of the Nessim lab is to study the scientific mechanisms of the synthesis of nanostructures and to develop relevant industrial applications, with a prime emphasis on energy devices (batteries and supercapacitors). The group currently comprises two postdocs, two PhD candidates, a Masters student, and two visiting summer students. Additionally, the group collaborates with researchers in BIU (e.g., Aurbach and Lellouche groups) and with researchers in the USA (MIT, U.Michigan, Vanderbilt) and Europe (ETH).

We plan to study in-situ, simultaneous synthesis and functionalization of carbon nanostructures primarily by chemical vapor deposition. Because this way the growth of the carbon nanostructures and their functionalization with active electrode material will happen at the same time, the method has the potential to synthesise ultra-dense composite structures, maximizing energy density while maintaining structural integrity and high cyclability. These studies will uncover many scientific aspects of carbon nanostructure nucleation, growth, and functionalization. Multiple material combinations corresponding to selected battery and supercapacitor chemistries will be synthesized and electrochemically tested. Customized, industrially-scalable plasma-enhanced CVD synthesis equipment will be used to synthesize the electrodes.

The learning of mechanisms and factors affecting simultaneous carbon nanostructure growth and functionalization is critical for nanotechnology. Success in this research will allow the development of ultra-high energy density batteries and supercapacitors that will make the electric car a manufacturing reality with great consequences to the environment and society.





G.D. Nessim, provisional patent submitted in June 2012 (Bar Ilan University)

Synthesis of highly conductive metal-CNT (carbon nanotube) wire


Research Group


Dr. Eti Teblum, postdoc, lab manager, since 6/2010

Efrat Shawat, Ph.D. candidate, since 3/2010

Merav Muallem, Ph.D. candidate, since 3/2012, (co-supervised with Dr. Tischler)

Reut Yemini, M.Sc. candidate, since 9/2014

Anat Yitzhak, M.Sc. candidate, since 9/2015

Tali Sharabani, M.Sc. candidate, since 9/2015

Dr. Subodh Kumar, since 9/2015



Mijael Chababo, since 6/2015

Inbal Zacay, since 8/2015

Maayan Laskin, since 8/2015



Miriam Somekh, M.Sc. 2014



Ortal Kravian, visting B.Sc. summer student from BIU, 1/6/2010 – 1/9/2010

André Röthlisberger, visiting M.Sc. summer student from ETH Zurich, 30/6/2011 – 30/9/2011

Nathan Monroe, MIT (MISTI) visiting student summer 2011 (co-supervised with Dr. Tischler)

Alain Reiser, visiting M.Sc. summer student from ETH Zurich, 30/6/2012 – 1/9/2012

Jelimo Maswan, MIT (MISTI) visiting student summer 2012 (co-supervised with Dr. Tischler)

Shoshy Bernstein, visiting B.Sc. summer student, 1/6/2012 – 1/9/2012

Levi Rybalov, visiting student (pre-B.Sc.), 1/2/2013 – 25-6-2013

Joanna Chen, MIT (MISTI) visiting student summer 2013 (co-supervised with Dr. Tischler)